OFFICES and shops were covered in a purple haze in Eastbourne last Friday to raise money for the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Hundreds of pounds were raised by people who wore purple in exchange for a pound donation to the Wear Purple for our Para appeal set up by the mayor of Eastbourne Carolyn Heaps.
The money raised – expected to be more than £2,000 – will go to Logan Prior, the young son of Private Daniel Prior who was killed during combat in the war-torn country.
Daniel’s parents live in Eastbourne and he is buried in the town.
The mayor was out collecting during the day and donations were also taken into Eastbourne Town Hall.
One of the mayor’s first ports of call on Friday was Eastbourne Coach Finishers where staff wore purple and sold purple cakes for the appeal.
Staff at Town Properties in the town centre also wore purple as did staff at Crowning Glory Hair Salon in Old Town. There was also an anonymous donation of £500 from an Eastbourne businessman.
In the evening the mayor called into several pubs collecting and also the Downs Golf Club where golfers dug deep and staged an impromptu auction to raise money.
The mayor said, “I was really chuffed with everybody’s generosity. It’s lovely that this town is supporting the family of Daniel Prior.”
Earlier this year the mayor took part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for baby Logan.
Money can still be donated to the appeal and can be taken to the Town Hall.